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Dove hunting progress

NNNN Senior MemberPosts: 25,146 Senior Member
Not so good for me, did have a shake down with the 870;
it is back in the backup mode.

Opening day was too hot and I had a poor spot.
Day two, Monday, was rained out.

Today was a nice morning and sorta funny. For those that do not know,
I hunt at MCAS, Cherry PT. Nc.

I got out at a leisurely pace and was the only one out. I was not set
up 20 minutes and someone is hollering back at the gate. I go see what
is up and it is a Sgt from rifle range control telling me the rifle range is hot
and he is going to lock the gate and probably trying to tell me politely to
go somewhere else. I told him that the field is outside of the impact area
and that the Game Warden knows I'm there and it is ok.

Like I can't duck under a one pipe gate.

He is not sure so he puts me on report with the warden. I tell ya don't
be doing something a Marine is told not to let you do.

So back to hunting or should I say enjoying the morning because the doves
found somewhere else to feed. You think it was that 215 were killed in
the field last Sat.?

Anyway not too long later, along came this fella in shorts and a T-shirt.
He came around some corn rows and thought he was in a dove honey
hole until he figured out the 12 doves were decoys. He did not stay in
the field long, I think the mosquitoes chased him out.

I'm sure you want a results report----well, my new screen name is:
"One Dove Ned".

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  • justin10mmjustin10mm Senior Member Posts: 688 Senior Member
    I went Saturday afternoon to a place near the river south east of Austin. The birds were flying pretty well and I managed to get my limit of 15 but it took me 3 boxes of 20 gauge to do it. Every year I tell myself I'm going to pick my targets and make every shot count but when the birds start flying that pretty much goes out the window.
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,813 Senior Member
    justin10mm wrote: »
    I went Saturday afternoon to a place near the river south east of Austin. The birds were flying pretty well and I managed to get my limit of 15 but it took me 3 boxes of 20 gauge to do it. Every year I tell myself I'm going to pick my targets and make every shot count but when the birds start flying that pretty much goes out the window.

    My philosophy is 'shoot early and often,' if the birds are there in force. My ratio is probably about 5:1 on a bad day - when the birds are wild, the wind is high, and the kildees seem to be running interference for the dove. One bird will be 100' high and flying 50 mph with the wind, and the next one will be 40' high and flying 10 mph, bucking the wind - and all the variations in between. I have fired 10 shots without connecting, and then hit the next 3-4 in a row.

    If I try to be too analytical about it, I just end up frustrated. So I just shoot, a lot. I seem to have more fun than folks who are always bragging about their wonderful 'shot-to-bird' ratio. And, why wouldn't I?... I'm getting to shoot more. :jester:
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    "One Dove Ned" officially beat out "Zero Dove Six-Gun." Congrats on having a better dove season than me thus far. :jester:
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,146 Senior Member
    Well, you can't shoot them if they are in the next county.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    Well, you can't shoot them if they are in the next county.
    ...or the next state, in my case. Southern Nevada flatout sucks for hunters.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,146 Senior Member
    Rattlesnakes? They're good to eat.
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